About the Division

Azusa Pacific University offers programs approved by California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) which authorize service for elementary and secondary classrooms. Additionally, all of the programs offered in the Division of Teacher Education are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). As one of largest credential-granting institutions in California, APU produces credentialed teachers who are professionally prepared to provide quality educational programs that effectively meet the needs of the children and youth in public and private schools, and who are heavily recruited by school districts throughout California and other states.

Across the division’s three departments—the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Special Education, and the Department of Advanced Studies—expert faculty guide candidates to integrate experiential learning with a Christ-centered perspective on professional life and practice.

The Division of Teacher Education provides the training and experience needed to qualify for California’s multiple subject and single subject teaching credentials, as well as the mild/moderate and moderate/severe special education credentials.

The division also provides opportunities for educators to earn a specialized master’s degree in the fields of special education, educational technology, teaching, or learning and technology. The division’s combined programs enable candidates to earn both a master’s degree and credential.

Established in 1963, Azusa Pacific’s Teacher Education programs prepare K–12 classroom teachers who are:

  • Competent—able to effectively educate and lead in the cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic diversity of today’s educational environment
  • Compassionate—committed to the care and enhancement of the individuals they teach and lead
  • People of character—able to contribute to the moral and ethical development of the students and families whom they serve

Classes are small, and credential programs are conveniently offered at various locations throughout Southern California. Check with the Division of Teacher Education for locations in which specific credential programs are offered.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.